The Evangelical Studies Unit promotes critical analysis and innovative thinking around the study of Evangelicalism through multifaceted approaches by fostering dialogue across disciplines and diverse social locations. Unlike many groups aimed at the study of Evangelicalism, there is no confessional expectation or requirement for membership or participation within this Unit.
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Evangelical Studies Unit
Call for Proposals
Theme for 2022: Evangelicalism and Catastrophe
The Evangelical Studies Unit invites proposals that examine evangelical developments in periods of upheaval. We are particularly interested in individual papers and organized panels that trace how Evangelicalism contributed to, participated in, and responded to various forms of social, political, environmental, and other catastrophe. Some framing questions include: What contextual factors informed evangelical religious practices, theological shifts, and social movements during times of tumult? How did evangelicals see themselves as set apart from their culture? To what extent did they conflate their identity with prevailing norms? And in what ways did their theology inform, hinder, and/or shape their engagement?
We especially welcome new research related to Evangelicalism and the environmental crisis: the spectrum of evangelical actions––from stewardship to exploitation––toward natural resources, theological justifications in the pursuit of crude, divergent understandings of climate change, activism related to environmental justice and the exacerbation of social inequality, and other proffered remedies practical, theological, and theoretical.
Additional sub-themes of interest include:
● Immigration and Diaspora
● War and Geopolitical Conflict
● Political Engagement
● Institutional and Theological Shifts in the Church
● Economic Power, Corruption, and Inequality
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Kristen Deede Johnson, Western Theological Seminary1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Helen Jin Kim, Emory University1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Kirsteen Kim, Fuller Theological Seminary1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Emily McGowin, Wheaton College1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Ruth Padilla DeBorst, Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Gabriela Viesca, George Fox University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024